Courtney’s key roles and responsibilities include:
- Conducting & advancing litigation proceedings including:
- Preparation and filing of relevant pleadings, including originating Claims & Statements of Claim, NOITD and Defences, Counter-claims and Reply and Answers;
- Preparation & filing of materials relevant to requests for Default Judgment;
- Preparation & filing of materials relevant to commencement and advancement of enforcement proceedings;
- Taking Witness Statements;
- Briefing Counsel, Expert Witnesses and Mediators; and
- Preparation & filing of other legal documentation including Affidavits, Lists of Documents, Trial Bundles, Orders, Applications and List of Authorities;
- Negotiating & perfecting “without prejudice” settlements and resolutions out of court in commercial contexts;
- Drafting correspondences of demand & other relevant procedural correspondences (i.e. Payment Plan Letters, Notices to Remedy Breach); and
- Ensuring strict compliance with relevant UCPR provisions to progress proceedings in a timely and cost-effective manner.
For her Honour’s Thesis, in which she was awarded a High Distinction, Courtney examined how hate speech on social media platforms (“SMPs”) can be most effectively regulated in Australia. Balancing the right to public discourse as an indispensable condition of democracy with the inviolable right to human dignity and equality, her thesis critically analysed the regulatory approach adopted by Australia, Germany and the United States, in addition to the Terms of Service of SMP intermediaries to govern user behaviour in their digital territory.